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Pirates agree to deal with first-round pick Austin Meadows

Jun 27, 2013, 10:31 PM EDT

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The Pirates have reached an agreement with first-round pick Austin Meadows, reports Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Meadows, a high school center fielder out of Georgia, was selected No. 9 overall in this month’s First-Year Player Draft. Jim Callis of Baseball America reports that he’ll receive a $3,029,600 bonus, which matches the recommended slot value for the pick.

Here’s the write-up on Meadows from our own Matthew Pouliot:

Meadows was projected to go as high as fifth and most didn’t see him lasting past the Red Sox with the seventh pick. He probably won’t last in center, and that’s especially a given with Andrew McCutchen now ahead of him. But he should prove to be quite an asset defensively in right field, and he possesses big-time power potential. He’s a high risk kind of guy, but he’s also one with the ability to end up as the best player from this year’s draft.

The Pirates failed to sign right-hander Mark Appel after selecting him eighth last year, so they received the No. 9 pick this year as compensation. They signed their other first-round pick, high school catcher Reese McGuire, to a $2.56 million bonus last week after selecting him at No. 14 overall.

  1. modellforprez - Jun 28, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    Right Field? they could use him now and probably do no worse than the platooning of G.I Jones and Snider man. WHICH FOR THE SAKE OF SUPPLANTING A 20 BUT SEEMS LIKE 120 YR. DROUGHT

    • apkyletexas - Jun 28, 2013 at 1:31 AM

      Yeah, cause that right field platoon of Snider and Jones is just killing them – they only have the best record in baseball. Clearly Jones and Snider are holding them back from their true potential.

    • steelpenbucs87 - Jun 28, 2013 at 9:17 AM

      This is not the most accurate representation of their performance, but if you combined the two over the course of the year they’re ~.240 with 9 HR and 51 RBIs.

      Those numbers are inflated a bit because Jones gets time at first as well, and they could be due for an upgrade, but its not like Barmes out there.

    • itsabergthing - Jun 28, 2013 at 10:23 AM

      Come on, you guys are all forgetting all of the Brandon Inge ABs at RF…

  2. 4d3fect - Jun 28, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    Were his parents big Mike Meyers fans?

  3. 4d3fect - Jun 28, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    Is his middle name Danger?

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  5. breastfedted - Jun 28, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    The RF platoon isn’t killing them right now but it’s a glaring hole. That Lambo guy is tearing it up in Indy, maybe it wouldn’t hurt to give him a shot soon and see if they might be able to avoid making a deal for a RFer next month

  6. steelers88 - Jun 28, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    The Pirates have a lot of good outfielders in the minors I wonder if one of them will be involved in a big trade or you could always move Bell, Polanco, Lambo, or Meadows to 1B.

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